I took my mum to see Damon Albarn’s new opera, Dr Dee, on Saturday in Manchester for her birthday (I know, I know, it’s the gift that gives back tenfold).

It was a pretty amazing show, with a very impressive opening. A live raven flying through the auditorium of the Palace Theatre and landing on the set, squawking 3 times, heralding the bad times ahead for Dr. Dee, before exiting stage left.

There were some really imaginative visuals, great physicality, and yes, the music was pretty good too. Definitely worth a trip if you’re heading for the Manchester International Festival in the next few days or heading to the ENO after that.

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